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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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06Boötes, The Herdsman

NAME: Boötes (boe-OAT-ees)

SEASON: Spring

CULMINATION: midnight, 30 April

ABBREVIATION: Boo

GENITIVE: Boötis (boe-OAT-is)

NEIGHBORS: CrB, Com, CVn, Dra, Her, Ser, UMa, Vir

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: none

URBAN OBJECTS: none

Boötes is a large constellation, ranking 13th in size among the 88 constellations. It covers 907 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 2.2%. Despite its size, Boötes is not prominent. The constellation is anchored by 0th magnitude Arcturus, but has only a handful of other stars brighter than 4th magnitude.

Boötes is an ancient constellation that has always been closely associated with neighboring Ursa Major in one way or another. The ancient Greeks named this constellation Boötes (“oxen driver”) ...

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